“It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home, and go to another land that God would give him, as his inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going.” – Hebrews 11:8
Abraham was placed in a situation where he simply obeyed God. In the natural, it seemed like a crazy proposition to be asked pack up and leave without the knowledge of where he was going. Abraham had to break away from from his old life before he could move into the new.
The LORD had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you. At that time, it wasn’t promised that the land would be given to him as a possession. It was many years afterwards that the Lord said to Abraham that he was given Ur of the Chaldees as a land to inherit.
The Lord will not always reveal his will when He asks you to do something. What He is looking for is Faith. As a believer, are you prepared to submit yourself to God, regardless of the external circumstances? Are you willing to obey God in obedience without questioning his logic in asking you to do what He has asked you to do?
Canaan was a sovereign and free gift given to Israel. Every believer in Jesus Christ has been given a free gift of salvation. It has been given by the free will of God and not by any works of self- righteousness. By faith, the believer in Jesus Christ receives what God has promised. Abraham the father of all who believe (Rom.4:11), obeyed not only in word, but in deed. Joshua was asked to do the same, we are all descendants of Abraham. Christ is the author of salvation to all who obey Him (Hebrews 5:9). Faith and obedience are like sun and light, fire and heat: they cannot be separated. Faith urges us to walk in obedience (Gal 5:6). It is an act of love. There are Egypts to leave, Jordans to be crossed, cities to be captured, battles to be fought, Canaanites to be crushed. There will always be a fight between the flesh and the spirit. Obedience to God brings peace: peace of mind, body and soul. The moment we believe in Jesus Christ He gives us peace of conscience and rest to the soul.
Cease fighting against God. Enter into what God has promised and enjoy it, by faith. It’s not by your own strength, but by the power and might of Almighty God. God’s free and sovereign gift has been given to you. Possess what belongs to you (Obadiah 17:1) and enjoy it by faith and anticipate it by hope.
©Ruth Dickson Author UK Christian Author 6.1.16
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